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The thermostatic theory of representation posits that public policy preferences are driven, in part, by the policy actions of governments. That is, when the government provides the public with more policy in a given domain than it desires, public demand in that domain will decrease, and when the government provides less policy than the public desires, public demand for policy in that domain will increase. A large amount of literature has shown empirical support for this theory in various policydoi:10.31219/osf.io/ymvfb fatcat:4bfq3yfauvalvpwj2vteim76ta